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Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

SKU:CHC30121

Transform yourself into a valued and capable early childhood education team member. Graduate industry-ready and fully equipped with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to help young children thrive.
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This nationally recognised CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will transform your love of teaching and working with children into a rewarding career. You will learn the skills, knowledge, and experience to support the health, safety and development of children and to plan activities to promote children’s learning through play.

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Common job Outcomes

  • Educator in a center-based service
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Kindergarten Assistant
  • Mobile Early Childhood Service Educator
  • Occasional Care Educator at an Early Childhood Service
  • Operator of a Family Day Care Service

Job Skills

  • Handling toddler & babies
  • First aid
  • Work with diverse people
  • Workplace health and safety
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Course breakdown

What you’ll learn in this course

In this qualification, you will learn the fundamentals of early childhood development, education and care. Transform yourself into a skilled and confident early childcare worker, and make a big impact on your young students.

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHCECE055
Meet legal and ethical obligation's in childrens education and care
  • Identify legal and ethical obligations. 
  • Meet legal and ethical obligations. 
  • Contribute to workplace improvements. 
CHCECE056
Work effectively in childrens education and care
  • Source and use information on work in children’s education and care. 
  • Work within service requirements. 
  • Use effective work practices. 
  • Work collaboratively. 
  • Develop personal professional practice.
CHCECE036
Provide experiences to support childrens play and learning
  • Create environments for play. 
  • Support children’s agency through play and learning. 
  • Review and evaluate play opportunities. 
CHCECE038
Observe children to inform practice
  • Observe and interact with children. 
  • Seek information from secondary sources. 
  • Record and communicate information. 
  • Analyse and interpret information and observations. 
  • Contribute to curriculum planning. 
CHCECE035
Support the holistic learning and development of children
  • Support physical development. 
  • Support social development. 
  • Support emotional development. 
  • Support cognitive development. 
  • Support communication development. 
  • Support holistic learning and development. 
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  • Daily routine
  • 07:00 am - 08:00 am

    Coffee + Study

  • 08:00 am - 09:00 am

    Morning routine + commute

  • 09:00 am - 01:00 pm

    Work

  • 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

    Lunch + Study

  • 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm

    Work

  • 05:00 pm - 06:30 pm

    Evening routine

  • 06:30 pm - 07:30 pm

    Study session

  • 07:30 pm - 08:30 pm

    Break

  • 08:30 pm - 09:30 pm

    Study session

  • 09:30 pm - onwards

    Relax

Study for a minimum 27 hours per week to complete modules in 12 months

  • Daily routine
  • 07:00 am - 08:00 am

    Coffee + Study

  • 08:00 am - 09:00 am

    Morning routine + commute

  • 09:00 am - 05:00 pm

    Work

  • 05:00 pm - 06:30 pm

    Evening routine

  • 06:30 pm - 07:30 pm

    Study session

  • 07:30 pm - 08:00 pm

    Break

  • 08:00 pm - 09:00 pm

    Study session

  • 09:00 pm - onwards

    Relax

Study for a minimum 18 hours per week to complete modules in 18 months

Your course may include work placement which will be completed in addition to weekly study blocks.

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Your trainer

Debra Hine
Debra has been involved in the Early Childhood Education and Care in various forms for more than 20 years. She has completed her Nursing Diploma and begun her career as a Mothercraft Nurse, caring for babies, toddlers and young children
Charmaine Debono
Charmaine has worked in early childhood education and care settings for 10 years with children from aged 0-5 years. Whilst working as an Early Childhood Teacher, she completed a Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Education (Birth to 5 years).
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Debra Hine

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Debra has been involved in the Early Childhood Education and Care in various forms for more than 20 years. She has completed her Nursing Diploma and begun her career as a Mothercraft Nurse, caring for babies, toddlers and young children
Debra has been involved in the Early Childhood Education and Care in various forms for more than 20 years. She has completed her Nursing Diploma and begun her career as a Mothercraft Nurse, caring for babies, toddlers and young children.

Debra then took a position as a School Services Officer before she moved on to working as a Fieldworker for Family Day Care for 4 years. During this time she completed a Diploma in Children’s Services with TAFESA and a degree in Children’s Services with Charles Darwin University.

An opportunity arose to work with TAFESA where she remained until December 2019, having been with them for almost 20 years. Debra is a passionate trainer and assessor and has worked across Certificate III and the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
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Charmaine Debono

Education
Charmaine has worked in early childhood education and care settings for 10 years with children from aged 0-5 years. Whilst working as an Early Childhood Teacher, she completed a Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Education (Birth to 5 years).
Charmaine has worked in early childhood education and care settings for 10 years with children from aged 0-5 years. Whilst working as an Early Childhood Teacher, she completed a Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Education (Birth to 5 years).

Charmaine also gained a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to allow her to share her passion for early childhood education and care with others.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours of work placement do I need to do for Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

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The course contains a minimum of 200 hours of work placement. Work placement hours can be done part time or as a block, depending on the host organisation's requirements and availability. To find out what the suitable workplaces are for this course, download the course guide.

Will this qualification allow me to work in Kindergartens?

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Yes, one of the career outcomes of this course is working as a Kindergarten assistant. Please note, that some Kindergartens may prefer you to hold a Diploma.

Will I be able to run my own Family Day Care Centre

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Yes, upon completion of this qualification, you can run a Family Day Care Centre as a Director or Manager.

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Pay in 74 instalments over the length of your course.
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Total course cost: $4,220.00
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